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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

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Edward Snowden
whistleblower
LINKTV 06/10/2013
Glenn Greenwald: (usually whistleblowers do what they do anonymously and) “take steps to remain anonymous for as long as they can, which they hope, often, is forever. You, on the other hand, have this attitude of the opposite, which is to declare yourself openly as the person behind these disclosures. Why did you choose to do that?” Edward Snowden: “I think that the public is owed an explanation of the motivations behind the people who make these disclosures that are outside of the democratic model. When you are subverting the power of government, that that’s a fundamentally dangerous thing to democracy.”
Edward Snowden
whistleblower
LINKTV 06/10/2013
Glenn Greenwald: “Why should people care about surveillance?” Edward Snowden: “Because even if you’re not doing anything wrong, you’re being watched and recorded. And the storage capability of these systems increases every year consistently, by orders of magnitude, to where it’s getting to the point you don’t have to have done anything wrong. You simply have to eventually fall under suspicion from somebody, even by a wrong call.”
Glenn Greenwald
Guardian Reporter
CNNW 06/23/2013
Part 1 Glenn Greenwald: The real issue that we ought to focus on is what is it that Mr. Snowden has revealed about the government that makes them want to put him into prison so eagerly. You said earlier that there were other ways to do this. Ron Wyden and Mark Udall have been running around the country for three years now saying that the Obama administration is using secret law to engage in domestic spying that in their words would stun the American people if they learned about it and yet they were prevented even members of the senate intelligence committee were prevented from telling uses as Americans what it is
Glenn Greenwald
Guardian Reporter
CNNW 06/23/2013
Part 2 Glenn Greenwald: that they were so alarmed about. So I'd like anybody who says there are other ways to bring transparency, are other ways to expose this to tell me or anybody what those other ways there are. The problem is that these things were suppressed and concealed until he stepped forward and exposed it. And that seems to be a much more important question than what country he's choosing to go to.
Glenn Greenwald
Guardian Reporter
MSNBCW 06/23/2013
Part 1 of Greenwald and Gregory: Is there additional information he is prepared to leak to bolster his and your claim that he is actually a whistleblower, and not a criminal, responsible for espionage? Grenwald: sure. I think the key definition of whistleblower is somebody who brings to light what political officials do in the dark, that is either deceitful or illegal. In this case, there's a "new York times" article just this morning that describes that one of the revelations
Glenn Greenwald
Guardian Reporter
MSNBCW 06/23/2013
Part 2 of Greenwald and Gregory that he enabled that we reported is that the director of national intelligence, James clapper, went before the US Congress and lied outright when asked whether or not the NSA is collecting any form of data on millions Americans. Director clapper's response was, no, sir. As "the new York times" said today, even clapper had to say that that statement was absolutely false. The very first conversation I had with Mr.. Snowden, he showed me the folder in which he had placed the documents and labeled it NSA lying to Congress, that proved as we reported
Glenn Greenwald
Guardian Reporter
MSNBCW 06/23/2013
Part 1 Glenn Greenwald: officials whispering to you David, I know that the documents that I have in my possession, and that I have read from the NSA, tell a much different story. Which is that there was an 80-page opinion from the FISA court, that said what the NSA is doing in spying on American citizens, is a violation of both the fourth amendment and the bounds of the statute. It specifically said that they are collecting bulk transmissions, multiple conversations
Glenn Greenwald
Guardian Reporter
MSNBCW 06/23/2013
Part 2 Glenn Greenwald: And the NSA then planned to try and accommodate that ruling. I think the real issue is, as journalists and citizens is why should we have to guess? How can we have a democracy in which a secret court rules that what the government is doing in spying on us is a violation of the constitution and the law and yet we sit here and don't know what that ruling is, because it's all been concealed and all been secret? I think we need to have transparency and disclosure. (That's why Mr.. Snowden stepped forward so we could have that.)
Glenn Greenwald
Guardian Reporter
MSNBCW 06/23/2013
Greenwald: I think he's very clear about the fact that he did it because his conscience compelled him to do so, just like Daniel Ellsberg did 50 years ago, and admits that he broke the law. The question, though, is how can he be charged with espionage? he didn't work for a foreign government. He could have sold this information for millions of dollars and enrich himself.
Glenn Greenwald
Guardian Reporter
MSNBCW 06/23/2013
Part 4 Greenwald: "Washington post" and said, I want you to be extremely careful about what it is that you publish and what it is that you don't publish. Only publish what Americans should know, but don't harm national security. We have withheld the majority of things that he gave us, pursuant not only to his instruction, but to our duty as journalists. That's what whistleblowers and journalists do every single day. That's how Americans learn about the wrongdoing on the US government, through this process.
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